Outage restoration nearly complete

PIQUA — Pioneer Electric Cooperative is nearing completion of service restoration to members impacted by Tuesday’s wind storm. At the height of the service interruptions around 9 p.m., 1,301 Pioneer members were affected. This number is about 8 percent of their consumers.

As of 7 a.m. Wednesday, there were 23 member-consumers without power. Crews still have three broken poles to replace, but all members should be back in service today.

The cooperative’s personnel are being assisted in their efforts by outside contract crews and tree trimming contractors. Personnel are working as quickly as possible to get everyone back in service while maintaining safety for themselves and the public.

Pioneer Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit electric utility owned by and serving more than 16,000 residential, farming, commercial and industrial member-consumers in rural Champaign, Miami, Shelby and eight other counties. It is a member of the Touchstone Energy alliance of electric cooperatives nationwide.